Cover Songs that are better than the Original


Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy - True Colors
Eva Cassidy - Time after Time
Eva Cassidy - Autumn Leaves
Johnny Cash - Hurt
The Who- Rush cover - The Seeker
Rush cover -The Pass  Fleesh Version

klimt
Hendrix-All Along the Watchtower
Righteous Brothers-- Unchained Melody
Roy Orbison-- Love Hurts 
Willie Nelson and Daughter--Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Yoko Ono--Someone Like You
Not necessarily better than the originals, but, I like these covers:

Concrete Blond--Everybody Knows
Odetta--Times they are a Changin
A couple of oldies which come to mind, the first of which is an instrumental:

"Harlem Nocturne" -- The Viscounts' unique interpretation of an old jazz standard.

"You Can't Catch Me" -- The Blues Project's cover of a Chuck Berry song, on their "Projections" album. Which version is better is debatable, of course, but I prefer this one.  I also prefer it to a version the Rolling Stones had on one of their early albums.

Regards,
-- Al

Projections was a great album.  Nice call, Al!
Thanks, Russ (rcprince).  Yes, "Projections" was indeed a great album, from start to finish, and has long been one of my all-time favorite rock albums.   

Best regards,
-- Al